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DeSean Jackson fined for Week 1 unnecessary roughness

DeSean Jackson fined for Week 1 unnecessary roughness

DeSean Jackson tried to make sure his emotions didn’t get the best of him last week in the Eagles’ opener. Didn’t work.

And now Jackson’s pockets are a little lighter because of it.

Jackson was fined $10,527 by the league for that unnecessary roughness call, NBC Sports Philadelphia confirmed. Jackson got in a fight with Redskins DB Quinton Dunbar.

It started when Jackson caught his first pass against Dunbar and started jawing. On the very next play, Dunbar hit Jackson, who then retaliated and was flagged and now fined. The penalty was a killer at the time. It turned a 3rd-and-2 into a 3rd-and-15.

But after that penalty, Jackson had a huge game. He caught two bombs for touchdowns and finished his day with eight catches for 154 yards and two scores.

Jackson said getting that penalty calmed his emotions down during the game:

“There is just so much that goes on between those white lines. I caught a play on Dunbar, which is like a young brother to me. I have seen him come up in the system over the years and he came in playing wide receiver and I was playing [defensive back].

“I just knew that matchup was big for him and I just talked some mess after I caught the first pass and he came back and kind of hit me and I just lost it a little bit. It happens and it is part of the game.”

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The internet is roasting the NFC East and it's amazing

The internet is roasting the NFC East and it's amazing

Does a single soul in the NFC East want to win the division? 

Anyone? Anyone? 

After the Eagles (5-7) lost in stunningly horrific fashion to the Dolphins last week, the Cowboys (6-7) hit ‘em with an old “hold my beer” and got trumped by the Bears, 31-24. It seems like both teams are now in a race to avoid first place.

And the internet is collectively losing its mind. 

No one has room to talk, but that doesn’t mean Eagles players won’t talk trash. Lane Johnson took to Twitter, despite the fact that his team most recently lost to the worst team in the league. He took a sly hit at his division rivals with a simple, but clear tweet timed at the same moment the Cowboys began aggressively losing.

Not a great look in my opinion, considering the sorry state of the Birds, but everyone else is pretty much off their rocker too with the state of the NFC East. 

Even former Cowboys. 

I mean, really, does anyone want to win this division? 

Has it really gotten to this? 

Well, there it is, the sad state of the dumpster fire that is the NFC East.

Is this something Eagles and Cowboys fans can finally commiserate over? (Probably not, Dallas still sucks.) 

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2019 NFL playoff picture: The entire NFC East really, really, really sucks

2019 NFL playoff picture: The entire NFC East really, really, really sucks

The Eagles have won one game since the first week of November, and they’ve lost exactly half a game to the first-place Cowboys in the NFC East standings.

The Cowboys lost their third straight game Thursday night, falling to the Bears, 31-24, in Chicago.

This definitely helps the Eagles although not quite as much as you might think.

Here's why:

The Cowboys fell to 6-7 after a 3-0 start. The Eagles are 5-7 with a game Monday night against the 2-10 Giants at the Linc.

But even with Dallas losing Thursday night, the Eagles still have to beat the Cowboys head-to-head and win their three other games to guarantee that they win the NFC East.

That’s because the Cowboys can still lose to the Eagles and finish 8-8 overall and 5-1 in the NFC East if they beat the Rams next Sunday and the Redskins on the final day of the season.

But even with a win over the Cowboys, a loss in any of their other games — to the Giants home and away or the Redskins — would leave the Eagles 8-8 overall and 4-2 in the division.

The Eagles easily win the common opponents tiebreaker with the Cowboys, but that doesn't come into play unless the teams are tied overall, head-to-head and in division record.

But the Cowboys' latest loss does help the Eagles in that if the Cowboys lose to either the Rams a week from Sunday or the Redskins on Dec. 29, the Eagles could afford to lose one of their remaining games and still win the division at 8-8 if they beat the Cowboys head-to-head, since in that scenario the Cowboys would finish 7-9.

The website fivethirtyeight.com, which provides percentages for teams to reach the playoffs based on changeable variables, had the Eagles with a 34 percent chance of winning the NFC East before the Cowboys-Bears game. That would have gone down to 26 percent if the Cowboys won. Instead it increased to 41 percent. 

If the Eagles beat the Giants Monday night, their chances increase to 47 percent. 

It's been so long since either of these teams won a game it seems silly to even talk about the playoff picture. 

But somebody has to win the NFC East. 

We think?

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